I’d mentioned in my last blog post that I had gone through this whole period of stagnation and I couldn’t pick anything up, even the series I was upto date with. So I thought I’d show you that I was feeling a lot better, and let you know what I’ve been up to!
Here’s a smol peak into what I’ve been watching and reading. They’re all series I’m still in the midst of reading, and there’s obviously more where that came from so what I’m writing about them aren’t formal reviews or anything. First impressions, ongoing feelings….what have you. I’m not sure where you all read your manga, but I recently updated my tachiyomi and good god, they’ve really rocked out the app. I spent a good deal of time adding titles to my library and it made me want to pick up some new titles, especially the ones my friends have been recommending I pick up already for a really long time. It’s given me an excuse to write about this. And so without further ado, here I am!
1. Vinland Saga
My god, where do I even start with this one. I just can’t tell you how happy I am that I picked this up. I have zero historical context for this. And half the time it’s a little hard to keep track of what is happening for me. Although I’m aware I’m still at the warming up stage of the story, I’m genuinely enjoying it. Vinland Saga is that book you can’t put back after you’ve picked it up. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve felt this way. Not because I didn’t find stories that were incredible. But there’s just something about this series that has me wanting to get to the bottom of it. The characters are beyond interesting and Viking history has never been more interesting to me than it is now. It’s a rabbit hole I can’t wait to get into but that will have to wait until I catch up to the story. I also intend to pick up the anime, but a little closer to the release of Season 2. If you haven’t picked up this series, then please do. It’d be so nice to share this excitement with a lot more people.
I picked up Jigoukuraku because a friend of mine wouldn’t stop reminding everybody to read it and I finally caved. I picked it up before Vinland Saga and it’s just not the story I was expecting it to be. This is also another series with a lot of historical context and I’m super excited to learn what I will along the way. I think I’m even more excited for our female protagonist here, and how she’s going to turn out. She seems incredible and badass and I’m obviously here for it. As far as the story itself is concerned, it shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did anyway. The desperation to attain immortality, was it always this intense? Well, I might not be a 100% sure about it. But what I am sure of is that this makes for a great premise.
1. Uramichi Oniisan
I just finished Uramichi Oniisan very recently, and if you’d like a proper review of it, please let me know. But what I can tell you is that I practically binged the show at a time when binging felt laborious and uninteresting. In fact, I think it helped me feel so much better. The show feels like an acknowledgement to the kind of burnout people in my generation and the millennials experience. It made me feel seen and the portrayal was pretty on point especially because it feels like we have a lot of reason to be heartless but we still care. It was a pretty good answer to a question I didn’t know I was asking, and on the whole just got me to get going. Also it’s funny as fuck, so you really should pick it up, because I was hella late to the party and I wouldn’t want you to miss it.
2. Link Click
My friends are going to hate me for this but it’s fine. Link Click was absolutely exhausting to watch. I don’t understand why it became such a huge series, but long story short, I will be watching season 2 when it comes out. While watching I was under the assumption that this season was it, so I expected the story to answer a lot of the questions I had within that time period. I’m not going to lie, I think it was well-thought out series, and for the most part the individual cases were interesting. But that’s about it. It was fine, for me. It’s the kind of series when described would make you go “Oh. Interesting.” and not much more. It ended up inviting my curiosity anyway, so I’m still invested enough to see how the story turns out.
1. Purple Hyacinth
I’ve been keeping up with Purple Hyacinth since it’s 30th or so chapter as a Webtoon Original. The story has only continued to get better, and it’s one series I take comfort in knowing isn’t going to end any time soon. Although I’m a fan of the mystery-thriller genre, I have to admit, my only connection to it at this point is Purple Hyacinth. And it’s one of the two Webtoons I’d recommend to anyone despite where they are at in their own Webtoon journey. The art is stunning, and the story is incredibly unpredictable, and as readers, we’re not even close to getting a shred of clarity or the answers we’re looking for. And that’s what makes this all the better. One day, some day, I hope I’ll write a full length review or essay about this.
2. Perfect Marriage Revenge
It’s just such a refreshing plot. Even among the Korean webcomics. It’s a VERY refreshing plot. I love it so much I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen. I genuinely hope they make a Korean drama out of this. Our female lead gets stabbed in the back, but she gets a chance to re-live a portion of her life and right where she went wrong, however there’s also a clock ticking AND there’s a hot guy that’s supporting her? There’s pettiness, there’s romance and rich people and an intelligent female character with lots of trauma; a beautiful and understanding man with his own motives possibly with his own trauma with her. What’s not to love? I’m super excited for this one.
Well that’s about it! This is just a snippet into my current reading/watching list, it’s always evolving and obviously I’m reading a lot more than this, but there’s only so much I can write about in one blog post. I hope there’s at least one series you can pick from any of these! They’ve all received the brainscratch seal of approval so be sure to check them out!
Until next time,